America is at a Crossroads

Mr. Trump’s iron-fisted instinct is one of a cascade of behaviors that bode poorly for American democracy. It is not alarmist to say, if Mr. Trump is reelected, we may see such a perversion of democratic processes and apparatuses as to mirror more the authoritarian regimes of Turkey and Russia than the United States. The spectacle in Washington DC the other day laid bare that Mr. Trump has no fidelity to the traditions of US democracy — for one, that we don’t use the military to “quell” protesters, and that peaceful (note: peaceful) protests are not only tolerated but also supported. The mere presence of…